Hon. Scott Morrison giving a speech at USP’s Laucala Campus.
Australian Prime Minister Honourable Scott Morrison has reiterated its support for the Pacific in the fight against climate change.
He made the remarks during his first visit to The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 18 January 2018.
Australia he stated, is not a remote observer of the Pacific.
“The Pacific is our home also and we have a stake in what happens here. So we stand with you as we look to this challenge of climate change, knowing that to succeed we must work together,” he said.
He mentioned that climate change is an important priority for the Pacific and Australia and the latter recognises that it not only has a role and responsibility to play, but is actually playing it.
“We have made commitments in the area of climate change and we will stick to them and act on them right here in the Pacific,” he said.
He confirmed that Australia remained firmly committed to what it has set out to do.
“We have committed to reduce emissions by 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is an ambitious target but we will meet it,” he said.
Hon Morrison said Australia had helped amplify the voice of the Pacific in critical climate talks as was the case during the recent APEC meeting in Port Moresby.
He particularly commended Prime Minister Honourable Voreqe Bainimarama for his role in Fiji’s Presidency of COP23 “where he was instrumental in guiding the world’s progress on the (Katowice) Rulebook in underpinning the Paris Agreement”.
“And just over a month ago at COP24, the hard work paid off with an agreement and Fiji’s leadership which was critical to this outcome, would not have been possible without Prime Minister Bainimarama’s drive and energy,” he remarked.
Hon Morrison further announced that Australia’s commitment to the Agreement sits alongside efforts across the Pacific to respond to and address climate change.
“We have already committed $300 million dollars of climate disaster and resilience support for the Pacific, more than $200million of which has already been included,” he maintained.
“In Fiji, Australia has spent $30m on climate-related activities over the last two years alone, from the reconstruction of health and education facilities following Cyclone Winston, to building climate related schools and knowledge through the Australia Awards scholarship,” he said.
He also reassured that work will continue well into the future - directly and in partnership with Australia’s neighbours, friends and families in the Pacific.
Hon Scott Morrison was on a historic trip to the Pacific nations of Vanuatu and Fiji to try to strengthen Australia’s ties with the Pacific.
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